Reread­ing all the year’s papers

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE Ilona

Ihave been bing­ing over the past week. Not on the plen­ti­ful choco­lates or calorific treats that seem to flood the su­per­mar­ket shelves, but on past edi­tions of the Strat­ford Press. Putting to­gether this fi­nal edi­tion of the year is the task of go­ing through the past year’s edi­tions to pick out the “best” of each month for a look back.

Ev­ery year I start by dread­ing it — it takes a good week to go through each edi­tion, pick­ing out the ar­ti­cles, then find­ing the pho­tos, cap­tion­ing and sum­maris­ing them, and then (the hard­est part) get­ting the red pen out and cross­ing some out — we can only choose a few per month!

But ev­ery year, as soon as I start, I find my­self re­ally en­joy­ing the task. With a cup of cof­fee, I read ev­ery edi­tion we have put out, of­ten with a smile on my face as I am re­minded of the won­der­ful peo­ple we have in­ter­viewed, events we have pho­tographed and good news we have cel­e­brated with our read­ers and our com­mu­nity.

Now it would be a lie to say the pa­per is stuffed only with good news. Strat­ford has its share of tragedy and heart­break, just like any­where else. I have cov­ered enough house fires and car ac­ci­dents to be no stranger to the grief peo­ple in our com­mu­nity have ex­pe­ri­enced.

But in this edi­tion, we choose to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive. To look back and cel­e­brate the great things in the past year and, hope­fully, to re­mind all our read­ers that we have a lot to be happy about in our lit­tle piece of par­adise here in Strat­ford.

While the team at the Strat­ford Press will en­joy a cou­ple of week’s break, I know not all of our read­ers have that lux­ury. From farm­ers and ru­ral work­ers to those in re­tail or the ser­vice in­dus­try, many of you will work right through Christ­mas and New Year, but I hope all of you are able to take an hour or two to re­flect on how 2018 has been for you and your loved ones, and take plea­sure in the mem­o­ries.

While the of­fice in Strat­ford is closed, you can still con­tact us by phone, email or Face­book and let us know what news is hap­pen­ing in your part of town. We’ll be back in the of­fice from Jan­uary 7 with the first edi­tion of the Strat­ford Press in mail­boxes on Jan­uary 9.

Un­til then, have a won­der­ful Christ­mas and New Year.

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